London: Bell & Daldy, 1870. This print comes from the six-volume work, A History of British Birds, 2nd edition, authored by Rev. Francis Orpen Morris, a prolific author of natural history books and articles. This work is comprised of some of the most accurate drawings and information about British birds and their habitat. Alexander Lydon was one of Morris's principal engravers, contributing much in technique and design. A team of women colorists under very strict scrutiny hand colored each plate. The prints are presented on a greenish tan or biscuit color background, which is associated with the earliest printings of these books. Woodcut (Xylographic) engraving with superb original hand color plate printed on one side, blank on reverse, Print measures approximately 8 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches. Size of Leaf measures approximately 9 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches. Archivally matted. #46332. Fine.